Anna Akbari

Fashion and Workplace Topics

Dr. Anna Akbari is a sociologist, entrepreneur, and “the thinking person’s stylist.” She is a former professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the department of Art and Art Professions at New York University, as well as the Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons The New School for Design. Her research focuses on visual self-presentation, visual culture, identity, technology/human relationships, and happiness. Akbari is the founder of Sociology of Style, which offers intelligent commentary on image and culture-related issues, and Sociology of Style services, its personal consulting division, which takes a holistic approach to individual empowerment and identity construction through personal styling and image management. A prominent thought leader, she is frequently called on as an expert and can be found speaking or writing for such outlets as TED, CNN, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times. Watch her TED talk; sign-up for Sociology of Style; read and hear more here; follow her on Twitter.

How to Look Like You Spent a Fortune

While there are certain clothing items worth an extra investment (like a coat and boots that will last you many seasons), you don’t have to break the bank to have a chic wardrobe overall. With a savvy strategy, it’s possible to give off the...

Is Your Work Wardrobe Working for You?

Did you know it only takes five seconds of visual exposure for someone to make a judgement about everything from your trustworthiness to your likelihood of success? Unsurprisingly, positive impressions consistently favor the well-dressed....

10 Ways to Work a White Tee at the Office

Flexible staples are the foundation of an effective professional wardrobe. Without them, you’re left staring at your closet wondering what to wear — a frustrating and time-consuming scenario. Buying a few pieces that can transform into multiple...

The Rule of One: Cracking the Business Casual Code

Over the past decade, I’ve worked with hundreds of female executives from all industries, and despite their vast visual and professional diversity, they seek help with one common fashion conundrum: “How in the world do I interpret ‘business...

Score Like a Stylist

It pays to invest in your image: From creating powerful professional impressions to projecting an “executive presence,” appearances matter. But once you’ve embraced that philosophy and made a wishlist of wardrobe pieces worth investing in, you...

Are You Sure You Want to Wear That to Work?

As long as you’re adhering to the office dress code, does it really matter what you wear to work? If you’re telecommuting, does it make a difference if you’re wearing pants or pajamas? Maybe. Researchers have found increasing evidence that how we...

Wardrobe Basics Worth the Splurge

Everyone loves a bargain. But it may not make sense to scrimp on the pieces you need and love the most. In fact, sometimes the best way to be frugal over time is to invest a little more upfront in the right items. When you calculate the price per...

Climate Change? Client Meeting? Don't Sweat It

You can't control the weather -- or your client. But you can control how you dress for them


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